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Journey to Greece & the Greek Islands – Discoveries from the Ancient Past to the Present   

Departure       September 8 – 17, 2020

Greece’s long history, the incredible achievements of its civilization, its ageless ancient monuments, the spectacular beauty of its landscape and its glorious islands make it one of the world’s most desirable and attractive destinations to travelers. 

This journey has been designed to highlight its ancient past and its contemporary pleasures.  Starting in Athens, the most ancient city in Europe, the birthplace of democracy, and today the country’s capital, we will explore its iconic monuments, and experience its contemporary vibrant and dynamic lifestyle.  From Athens, we will travel to the countryside to tour important historic sites and picturesque towns.  Outstanding among them is Epidaurus, sacred to Aesculapius, the god healing, famed for its 4th-century BC theater with its perfect acoustics; and Nafplion, one of the country’s loveliest medieval towns.

We then venture into the radiant world of the Aegean Sea.  Our base in this seminal island world will be Paros, one of the most attractive of all the Greek islands.  We will have time to explore Paros, and also visit other nearby islands, including Delos, a veritable open air museum; Mykonos, famed for its windmills, cubic houses and smart boutiques and cafes; and Santorini, probably the most unique and unforgettable island in the entire Mediterranean.

Welcome to Greece where you will discover a place of immense beauty, a luminous sky, a deep blue and shimmering sea, inhabitants for whom hospitality is a sacred duty, and a cuisine that, as in the distant past, relies on local fresh and healthful ingredients!  Welcome to our cultural home!

Why Travel with Thalassa Journeys

Thalassa Journeys was established by the principals and managers of Travel Dynamics, the company that 50 years ago pioneered the concept of educational travel for America’s educational and cultural institutions. The belief that travel is primarily a learning experience forms the core principle of Thalassa Journeys.

Each Thalassa Journey is constructed around a particular theme. Unlike most tours, each of our journeys are intimate, and led by lecturers who are truly subject-matter experts for each theme. Although many other companies claim to have expert lecturers, few truly have accomplished, renowned experts in their fields, like Thalassa.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Sep 8 - DEPART THE USA

Depart the United States for Athens, Greece.

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Day 2 : Sep 9 - Tour ATHENS, Greece

Arrive in Athens and transfer to the Athens Plaza Hotel, located on Constitution Square, the center of the city and near historic attractions and the shopping district. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.

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Day 3 : Sep 10 - Tour ATHENS and SOUNION

Athen's ancient monuments attest to its glorious past. Visit in the morning the Acropolis and its celebrated monuments, including the incomparable Parthenon and other temples and structures built in the 5th century BC. Visit also the Acropolis Museum which houses an outstanding collection of sculptures and other artifacts. Spend the afternoon at leisure for independent activities.

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Day 4 : Sep 11 - Tour MYCENAE/EPIDAURUS/NAFPLION

Leave Athens for the day to explore the Peloponnese, the southern part of Greece. After driving over the Corinth Canal, the narrow waterway that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, stop at Mycenae, the most important center of the Mycenaean civilization that flourished during the Bronze Age (second millennium BC), and home of Agamemnon, the Greek leader of the fabled Trojan War. Continue to Epidaurus, the shrine dedicated to Aesculapius, the god of healing. The site is famous for its incredible 4th-century BC theater, known for its perfect acoustics and harmonious proportions. Enjoy lunch and time at leisure in Nafplion, a lovely medieval town, situated at the head of a spacious bay and crowned by two fortresses. Discover the town's narrow streets and graceful squares. Return to Athens in the late afternoon.

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Day 5 : Sep 12 - Tour ATHENS/SOUNION

In the morning, visit the splendid Benaki Museum, formerly a private collection, whose exhibits chronicle the rich heritage of Greek cultures. After time at leisure, in the afternoon, drive along the shore of the Athenian Riviera to Sounion to visit the Temple of Poseidon, magnificently set above the sea. Sunset observed from Sounion is spectacular. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.

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Day 6 : Oct 13 - ATHENS/PAROS

Transfer in the morning to the airport for the short flight to Paros. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Paros Bay, located near the beach. One of the loveliest of the Greek islands, situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Paros is known for its characteristic white-washed architecture, serene landscape, old villages and chapels, picturesque fishing harbors and inviting beaches and coves. It is also the source of one of the world's finest marble, favored by the greatest sculptors of antiquity. Enjoy dinner at an island taverna.

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Day 7 : Oct 14 - Tour SANTORINI

Leave Paros in the morning to cruise in the blue Aegean Sea to Santorini, perhaps the Mediterranean’s most spectacular island. Be on deck as the ship approaches the island to admire the impressive volcanic landscape and the island's main town, Phira, perched on the 1,000-foot-high caldera. In the Bronze Age, the island was a flourishing trading center inhabited by a sophisticated society. In the late 17th century BC, a massive volcanic eruption collapsed half of the island and buried its main town in a thick layer of ash and pumice, preserving its houses, streets and squares as they existed 3,700 years ago. Today the site, called Akrotiri, is one of the world's most important archaeological sites. We will visit Akrotiri upon arrival, and also have time to explore Phira and marvel at the incredible views. Lunch at a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the island.

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Day 8 : Oct 15 - Tour DELOS/MYKONOSSANTORINI

Sail to small and uninhabited Delos, the island that was sacred to ancient Greeks on account of its being the birthplace of the divine twins Apollo and Artemis. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delos is a vast archaeological site and veritable open air museum. After exploring Delos, sail to nearby Mykonos, the quintessential Cycladic island, known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and smart shops and cafes. Enjoy lunch in Mykonos and spend time at leisure to discover Mykonos on your own before sailing back to Paros.

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Day 9 : Oct 16 - Tour PAROS

Today, we will explore Paros, starting in Parikia, the island's atmospheric main town, where we visit the church of Ekatontapyliani ("One-Hundred Gated"), the most important early Christian church in the Greek islands, and a place of worship for over 1,700 years, dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin. Continue to the island's interior, passing by the ancient marble quarries, to Lefkes, a picturesque village, and Naoussa, an old fishing village, now a fashionable resort built around a small charming harbor. Farewell dinner will be served at a restaurant.

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Day 10 : Oct 17 - PAROS/ATHENS/USATransfer NAXOS/USA

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Athens, connecting with the flight home.

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Tour Price

$4,470 per person, double occupancy

Single room supplement: $480

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